John Paczkowski

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Objection: Mr. Ellison Is Referring to the Defendant as “Choleric of Temper” Again

Beginning today, Oracle chief Larry Ellison has a new podium from which to verbally assault SAP and former CEO (and current Hewlett-Packard CEO) Léo Apotheker: U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif.

Ellison is scheduled to take the stand in his company’s ongoing legal battle with SAP today, and if his testimony is anything like the press releases and letters to the editor he’s been broadcasting about the case the past few months, the software firm’s ears will bleed before he’s through. Unless its legal team somehow manages to keep him from turning the witness stand into a bully pulpit, a difficult task given Ellison’s mercurial manner and “Art of War”-style tactical thinking.

Handling Ellison’s direct examination is David Boies, Oracle’s lead litigator in the case.